Gauntlet

PC

Born in 1985

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  • Atari

  • FormatVideogames
  • TypeArcade Adventure
  • SystemArcade

In the early 80s, 'Dungeons and Dragons' was a huge part of life for many gamers. You might call them 'hardcore' gamers today - as both the role playing and even video games player were a certain breed.

Elf needs food badly!
Long before the days of the Wii and ipad / Smartphone games - videogames and D&D lived with the sector of people who dearly cared about the subject of gaming.  And back then Atari was a brand that whilst commercially successful as a business - also knew how much gamers cared for these things.

The combination of video games and D&D was about to come together in the game called Gauntlet back in 1985. Here you could not only play 4 different characters influenced by the world of role playing games. You could actually play 4 players at a time. These could be your friends of course - but often gamers in the arcade would just side up and play with you. This is what us retro gamers really call social gaming!

The game was all about collaboration as a 4 player set - one player was hard as all kind of bad guys came at you from every angle - from ghosts to demons and the fateful Death. You had to eat the food NOT shoot it and save the keys as opening doors throughout was critical.  The game also contained the use of digitised speech which become more prevelent in the mid eighties across all arcade games. Phrases such as "Elf needs food badly", "Treasure 100 points!' and the classic "Save keys to open doors" got etched into our gaming brains.

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  • Atari

  • FormatVideogames
  • TypeArcade Adventure
  • SystemArcade

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